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Scaffolding and Fall Accidents

Scaffolding is a temporary structure used to elevate construction workers and materials to higher levels on a job site. It is essential for many construction projects, but it is also extremely dangerous if not properly erected, maintained, and used. This can lead to devastating injuries at construction sites. 

If you or a loved one have been injured in a scaffolding or fall accident at a construction site, the experienced attorneys at The Porter Law Group are here to help.

Syracuse Scaffolding and Fall Accident Attorneys

The Porter Law Group has secured millions of dollars* in financial compensation for accident victims all over the state. Our attorneys have decades of experience among them and are well-versed in the labor and industrial codes, as well as OSHA regulations that govern scaffolding and construction accident cases. 

The skilled legal team in the firm are well-versed in handling personal injury cases in the State of New York. We understand the complex laws and regulations surrounding scaffolding and fall accidents on construction sites and will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation at 833-PORTER9 or email us at info@porterlawteam.com.

What are Scaffolding and Construction Fall Accidents?

Falls from scaffolding and other elevated surfaces are among the most common causes of serious injuries and fatalities in the construction industry. They were in the top 10 most frequently cited violations by OSHA in 2022.

Scaffolding accidents can occur due to a variety of factors, including:

  • Improper assembly or construction of the scaffolding
  • Lack of proper safety equipment like guardrails and fall protection 
  • Overloading of the scaffolding beyond its weight capacity
  • Failure to properly maintain or inspect the scaffolding
  • Slippery or unstable surfaces on the scaffolding
  • Falling objects from the scaffolding striking workers below

In addition to scaffolding accidents, falls from ladders, roofs, and other heights are also a major risk on construction sites. Employers have a responsibility to provide proper fall protection equipment and training to prevent these tragic accidents. 

In 2011, the Porter Law Group was able to secure more than 1 million dollars in compensation for a worker in Syracuse who fell from an unsecured ladder that broke his heels. 

Construction companies often have deep pockets and are covered by insurance, which they can use to hire lawyers to negotiate their case for them or get you to settle for as little as possible. But you don’t have to walk away with less than you deserve. 

If you’ve been a victim of a scaffolding accident, a fall due to unsecured ladders, or any construction injury in Syracuse or anywhere in New York, contact the Porter Law Group

What Injuries are Caused by Scaffolding and Fall Accidents?

Scaffolding and fall accidents can result in catastrophic, life-altering injuries for construction workers. Some common injuries include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Amputation of limbs
  • Internal organ damage
  • Wrongful death

What Type of Damages Can I Recover From a Scaffolding Accident Injury? 

As a victim of a scaffolding or fall accident on a construction site, you may be entitled to the following damages:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of income
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Trauma

A good personal injury lawyer can help you determine which of these you may be qualified for, and negotiate or fight in court for you to recover compensation. 

How Can I Recover Compensation After a Scaffolding Accident?

If you've been injured in a scaffolding or fall accident in Syracuse, or anywhere in New York, there are special labor laws that provide you with strong protections. The personal injury lawyers at Porter Law Group are well-versed in the numerous laws and regulations that cover scaffolding and fall accidents on construction sites. We can help you determine and recover the amount you deserve. 

The scaffold law, New York Labor Law Sections 240 & 241, hold property owners and general contractors strictly liable when workers suffer elevation-related injuries due to unsafe conditions. This means you may still have a claim and receive compensation, even if you were partially, or even fully responsible for your fall from a scaffold, so long as your boss or a coworker also shares some fault.

New York also has strict regulations regarding scaffolding installation and maintenance standards in its labor code. Tubular steel scaffolds, wood scaffolds, pole scaffolds, and other types of scaffolding have different use cases and specific standards that should be followed. Should we find, in our investigation, that your employer was negligent in complying with any of these, or with the general regulations for scaffolding by OSHA, they could also be held at fault for your injuries. 

However, navigating the complex web of labor laws, OSHA regulations, workers' compensation, and third-party liability can be challenging. That's why it's crucial to have an experienced Syracuse scaffolding and fall accident lawyer on your side.

Contact a Syracuse Scaffolding and Fall Accident Lawyer

At The Porter Law Group, our dedicated attorneys have the knowledge and skills to handle all aspects of your scaffolding or fall accident claim. We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your accident, gather evidence to build a strong case, and tenaciously advocate for your rights. 

You should be focused on your recovery, not dealing with insurance companies and legal paperwork. Let our experienced personal injury attorneys do the heavy lifting while you heal. 

If you or someone you love has been injured in a scaffolding or fall accident in Syracuse, or anywhere in New York, act fast. Call The Porter Law Group at 833-PORTER9 or email us at info@porterlawteam.com to schedule your free case evaluation today. We will do our utmost to give you and your family the answers, and financial compensation you deserve. 

*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome

Last Updated on May 22, 2024 by Michael S. Porter
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